State Centers only represent 7% of the Office of Developmental Programs Budget versus Community Group homes which represent 78%.
HAMBURG CENTER CLOSURE HEARING - January 30, 2017
DHS Implementation of the Olmstead Decision - Reports 90% of residents at State Centers are severely & profoundly disabled compared to only 16% similarly diagnosed individuals in community group homes. State Centers are in rural areas, so economic development potential would be modest.
ODP-Benjamin Implementation Plans - This document highlights how unrealistic HB #1650 really is. ODP reports it has only managed to place 46 people in the community since the Benjamin Settlement was reached. 75% of people on the Planning list to move into the community do not even have a selected group home identified.
HB #1650 would require 167 placements into the community per year, a highly improbable goal.
Most lawsuits are brought by persons who believe that their rights have been violated. Not this one,” Judge Leon Holmes wrote. “Thus, the United States is in the odd position of asserting that certain persons’ rights have been and are being violated while those persons — through their parents and guardians — disagree.”